President Jack Smith opened the March 3, 2003 meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:00 pm with 33 members and guests being present.
As a first order of business Jack asked the secretary to read the minutes from the last meeting. Following the reading of the minutes upon a motion by Anna Allen and second by George Bliss, the minutes were approved as read.
Jack then asked Jean Fischer if there was a treasurer's report this evening and she replied that there was no change and that treasurer Barb Wolf would be back in town for the next meeting to give the treasurer's report.
Jack then directed everyone's attention to our newly framed 13-star flag that has been completed by Norb Jaworowski. Norb is not here this evening but we want to give him a big thank you for the beautiful job he did for us.
Jack then stated that we are delighted to have Matt Kocsis, Lorain County Metro Parks Historian with us this evening. Before we get ahead of things with the Bicentennial he wanted to introduce Matt to Bill Balunek who has graciously agreed to speak on Wednesday, May 7th at 7:00 pm on the history of Ohio aviation at the upcoming Bicentennial celebration. I hope all of us can attend to hear his presentation.
Matt then took the floor and reported on the progress of the Bicentennial Exhibition at the French Creek Nature Center. He stated that most of the major structures are now completed and everything is pretty much coming along as scheduled.
They had to do some tinkering with the trail because it got filled up with artifacts much faster than anticipated. There will be a 1960 V Econoline pick truck up at the end of the trial as promised. Metro Parks actually purchased the truck which they plan to use in future parades, etc.
Regarding those volunteers signing up - you will need to attend one of the orientation sessions being held on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, 2003, at the French Creek Nature Center. These sessions will be very informational and will include instructions regarding where to stand, etc., You can also sign up for extra shifts at that time.
Any open slots that are available will be made available to those attending the training session. This will increase the volunteer hours for your club to accumulate. Also next week they will begin picking up the donated artifacts for the exhibit. The classrooms should be ready by the end of next week. As a reminder, anyone who has anything else to donate please talk to Matt tonight to arrange for pickup.
Matt continued that right now the committee is every happy with the programs that are planned in the communities. He is also thrilled to report they for their part, they are under budget at this time. Be reminded that the money taken in during the exhibit will be divided between the clubs.
Matt will also need the list of our invited guests for the opening reception as soon as possible. Be reminded once again that the only time you will be able to sign up for extra time as guides is Saturday, April 5th.
At the conclusion of his talk Matt took a variety of questions from our members regarding our part and responsibilities at the exhibit.
Jack then thanked Matt for his time and reminded the members again of these important dates - May 5th, 6th and 7th will be our responsibility. Our May 5th regular meeting will be at the French Creek Nature Center. This meeting will be open to the public. The exhibits will be open after the meeting and we will be serving as guides that night.
There was a short discussion regarding whether or not we will plan to serve refreshments that evening. It was thought we should at least have our normal refreshments following our meeting, but a refreshment committee will discuss this matter further if we want to provide refreshments for the evening we invite our city officials, etc.
George Bliss then gave a short report stating how he continues to work on the spelling of Nagel Road noting that current maps pulled off the computer are still spelling the name wrong so he is working on this including going back to the North Ridgeville City Council to ask them to at least spell the name correctly when they have to replace damaged signs.
In view of the fact that we have a guest speaker this evening, Jack asked the members present that if no one had any new business or old business that needed to be discussed at tonight's meeting, that he would dispense with committee reports so we could move on with our speaker for tonight, Al Doane from Lorain.
Jack reminded everyone that our speaker for our next meeting on April 7th will be Millie Arthrell from Oberlin who will speak on Theodore Roosevelt.
There being no further business to conduct, upon a motion by Stan Hawryluk and seconded by John Eldred, the meeting was adjourned.
Jean Fischer then introduced Al Doane from Lorain who gave a very interesting and informative presentation on the old interurban streetcar system of Lorain and Elyria.
Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee Secretary